Save the Date: GFOI Plenary 9-11 April 2019

GFOI, together with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, through the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development (MITADER), we are pleased to announce that the GFOI Plenary 2019 will be held in Maputo, Mozambique from 8-11 April 2019.

The Plenary will include an open forum, component meetings, exhibitions and much more. Further information about the agenda, venue and logistical arrangements will be circulated soon but for now we ask you to please save the date.

Please note that participants will be responsible for making their own travel, accommodation and visa arrangements.

To confirm your interest in attending, please email and provide the following information:

First name:
Government official (y/n):
Countryof residence:
Email address:
Phone number:

We hope to see you there!


GFOI Data Component – Scoping Meeting, Tokyo 2-3 July

Following a review in 2016, a second phase of GFOI has been developed which strengthens its focus on identifying and addressing country needs and streamlining coordination between partners. It will also include a new Data Component which will coordinate the acquisition, availability, accessibility and capacity to use remote sensing and ground based datasets (data) and tools to support national greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting from forests. However, the specific details of the component; such as its structure, operations and membership are still being clarified.

A preliminary scoping meeting was held at the GFOI Plenary in Bogota on 15 March 2018 to explore the dynamic and approach to the operation of the Data Component within the GFOI structure. Although yielding some useful insights, this was only a first look at the broad spectrum of issues relating to data and tool availability, accessibility and capacity for use. In building on this progress, an additional scoping meeting of the Data Component will be held in Tokyo from 2-3 July 2018 at the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) in Tokyo.

See here for further information.


GFOI Plenary 2018, Bogotá, Colombia 


From left to right: Anthony Bennie, Chair, GFOI Lead. María José Sans Sanchéz, Chair, GFOI MGD Advisory Group. Omar Franco, Director General, IDEAM.


The annual GFOI Plenary was held at the Marriott Hotel Bogota from 12 – 16 March 2018. The Plenary provided a productive forum for global coordination on forest monitoring for MRV issues for REDD+, transparency under the Paris agreement and related fora. It further fostered a large and diverse network of experts and practitioners who collectively provide a larger and more targeted package of support to implementing countries than any one partner could provide alone. With 130 participants, from 39 different countries attending it was the biggest Plenary yet. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019!

The Outcomes Document from the Plenary is available here.


Tuesday, March 13

Country Needs Asessments

Wednesday, March 14

Breakout Groups

Country experience – Reporting Forums

UK side sessions

  • Forests 2020, Richard Tipper. Ecometrica
  • NCEO, Joao Carreiras. NCEO University of Sheffield


Thursday, March 15

Country presentations

“GFOI presents a unique opportunity for countries to engage and learn more from each other. I am honoured to have participated in 2018 GFOI Plenary.”  Ms. Peris Kimani, Kenya.

“This is the first time I have participated in a GFOI Plenary. It has a great experience. I have learnt a lot from other countries and international experts. Thank you for the initiative.”  Ms. Fifonsi Ayele.

12- 16 March

GFOI Plenary 2018 – Bogotá, Colombia


Taller Práctico REDDcompass – Cuidad de Guatemala

28 de Noviembre al 01 de Diciembre 2017

Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

Centro de Telemática- Facultad de Agronomía –USAC-


Objetivo general

El objetivo del taller es completar la lista de verificación de REDDcompass MRV y desarrollar un plan de trabajo prioritario y un programa de capacitación.

Estos planes pueden ser posteriormente utilizados por los participantes de Guatemala para priorizar y discutir las necesidades técnicas, de información, de orientación y de capacitación con los socios de GFOI. También se espera que los participantes aprendan a utilizar REDDcompass en apoyo de apoyo en la implementación de la estrategia nacional REDD+ MRV y compartir esta experiencia con otros interesados.


Los participantes son profesional de instituciones involucrados en el desarrollo de la Estrategia REDD+ en Guatemala, incluye Gobierno, ONG´s y acad


Para encontrar el detalle completo del taller, haga click en el link:

General purpose

The objective of the workshop is to complete the REDDcompass MRV checklist and develop a priority work plan and training program.

These plans can be later used by participants in Guatemala to prioritize and discuss the technical, information, guidance and training needs with the GFOI partners. Participants are also expected to learn to use REDDcompass in support of the implementation of the national REDD + MRV strategy and share this experience with other stakeholders.


The participants are professionals from institutions involved in the development of the REDD + Strategy in Guatemala, including the Government, NGOs and academia.

To find the complete detail of the workshop, click on the link:


GFOI side-event @ COP23


Thursday 9 November 2017 from 16:45 to 18:15 local time in Bonn Germany. Meeting Room 9, the Bonn Zone.

The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) partners will be hosting a side event at the 23rd UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, entitled ‘Improving productivity and conservation through land use monitoring in the Pacific Islands’.  The side event is being co-hosted by two of the GFOI lead partners: The Australian Government and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The side event will showcase the activities and achievements of the GFOI in the Pacific, and across the world more broadly. The event will include presentations from Pacific Island country participants on the 2016 GFOI REDDcompass training course, ESA presentations on land use monitoring programs in the region and panel discussions on how the GFOI is making a global contribution to land sector climate change mitigation.

Those interested in attending the side event must be nominated to the Bonn Zone as representatives of an admitted observer organization in order to be granted access to the venue. Additional registration to attend the side event is not necessary. For those unable to attend in person, the UNFCCC Secretariat is planning to live broadcast the side event on the UNFCCC YouTube channel.

We hope to see you there!

GFOI_side event flyer

GFOI side event – agenda


Save the date: GFOI Plenary 2018

We are pleased to announce that the GFOI Plenary 2018 will be held in Bogotá, Colombia during the week beginning 12 March 2018.

The week will include an open forum plus additional component meetings and side discussions. More information about the agenda, venue and logistical arrangements will be circulated soon. For now we are asking you to please save the date.

Please note that participants will be responsible for making their own travel, accommodation and visa arrangements.

Please confirm your interest in attending via email to Please also provide the following details: full name, title, organization, government official (y/n), country of residence, gender and phone number.

We hope to see you there!

GFOI side event at GEO Week 2017

Washington, DC/October 24, 2017

GFOI GEO Side Event Panelist

For more Panelist pictures click here

SilvaCarbon organized a GFOI side event at the 2017 Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week in Washington, DC. The event consisted of two panel discussions. The first provided an overview of the GFOI partnership, examining how the different GFOI components interact and the contributions of GFOI partners. The second panel presented a practical example of how GFOI works through SilvaCarbon’s contribution to the capacity building component, showcasing specific country progress on the theme of mapping. Institutions involved in the side event included Global Forest Watch (GFW), European Space Agency (ESA), SilvaCarbon, Boston University, University of Maryland, and the World Bank. More information about the event is available here.


National University of the Peruvian Amazon – short course on MRV for REDD+

A Masters’ level short course on MRV for REDD+ was held in Iquitos City Peru from 14 to 23 August 2017. Organized by the US SilvaCarbon Program and the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry Science of National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP), the course was targeted at professionals working on forest management issues in the Peruvian Amazon and surrounding areas. The course followed the structure of web platform REDDcompass, which utilizes the GFOI’s Methods and Guidance Document (MGD) to guide students through the key steps in designing and developing a complete MRV system for REDD+.

25 participants from regional governments, national agencies and academics from the national university of the Peruvian Amazon, completed all coursework and ultimately improved their skills in MRV for REDD+. Learnings from the course will continue to be disseminated by participants, including the academics who Have undertaken to incorporate the materials in to their ongoing teaching schedules. Additionally, the GFOI team developed two lectures for postgraduate and undergraduate students, which approximately 60 participants have already commenced. The UNAP has received a subsequent proposal from the regional Government of Loreto and civil society partners to collaboratively develop a similar course for their representatives based on the training materials of GFOI.

For more information, please contact the GFOI Office on

Particpants from the REDDcompass course

GFOI Capacity Building Summit – Kathmandu Nepal

The GFOI Capacity Building Summit was held at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu Nepal from 18 to 22 September 2017. The Summit was attended by representatives from international organizations and REDD+ countries alike. It provided an opportunity for partners of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) to reflect on progress to date in forest monitoring capacity building efforts and discuss the way forward. REDD+ country representatives were also trained in the use of GFOI’s REDDcompass, a valuable tool for identifying needs and remaining gaps in national measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) processes for REDD+.

Participants discussed the need for capacity building efforts to be aimed directly at priority country needs and delivered according to the unique circumstances of each country. The GFOI’s MGD should be used as the centerpiece of capacity building activities and REDDcompass is a valuable resource for systematically identifying gaps and needs. There is a need to develop more sophisticated means to facilitate coordination between partners’, including through a global inventory of capacity building activities and possibly harmonized work planning.

The Summit produced a set of draft principles for good practice capacity building. Amongst other outcomes, these principles will seek to align international support with priority country needs, enable more efficient coordination between partners and monitor progress. These principles will be finalized in the coming weeks and are proposed to form the basis of capacity building activities under GFOI’s second phase which is due to start in 2018.

The GFOI Office would like to acknowledge and thank the US SilvaCarbon Programme, ICIMOD and the Government of Nepal for jointly organizing and hosting the summit.

For more information, please contact the GFOI Office on or head to the Summit website.

Participants at the GFOI Capacity Building Summit

GFOI Capacity Building Summit, ICIMOD, Nepal, 18-21 September 2017.
Photo: Jitendra Raj Bajracharya/ICIMOD.

REDDcompass Masters’ level short course

From 4 to 15 September 2017, partners of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) and the University of Melbourne are hosting a Masters’ level short course on MRV for REDD+ for participants from Indonesia. The course follows the structure of GFOI’s web platform REDDcompass which takes students through the key steps in designing and developing a complete MRV system for REDD+. REDDcompass provides a user-friendly approach to assist users in working through complex tasks and detailed guidance materials, including GFOI’s Methods and Guidance Documentation (MGD) and training materials of other partners including the FAO, SilvaCarbon, GOFC-GOLD, the World Bank and others.

30 participants from national and subnational agencies in Indonesia are participating in the course, which utilizes the professional teaching environment of the university to develop a comprehensive skillset in MRV for REDD+. Students will participate in a series of lectures, tutorials, practical tasks, short assessments and submit a final thesis in the form of a national MRV roadmap which draws on the existing capacities, tools and data in Indonesia. Students who complete all course materials will be awarded credit points for the subject from the University of Melbourne.

The course is being cohosted by GFOI partners in the Australian Government, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the US SilvaCarbon Programme.

For more information, please contact the GFOI Office on


Participants from the GFOI RTEDDcompass training course